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Electrical Engineering, Department of Applied physics

History

History of the department : The introduction of Postgraduate Courses in Applied Sciences was felt to be a basic essential for an integrated approach to the teaching of science in the University of  Calcutta as early as 1913 by Sir Rash Behari Ghosh, one of  the brightest luminaries and eminent jurist of his time. On August 8, 1913, Sir R. B. Ghosh wrote a letter to Sir Asutosh Mookerjee placing in the heads of the University his munificent gift of rupees ten lakhs “for the promotion of Science, Pure and Applied. A few years later in 1919, Sir R. B. Ghosh addressed another letter to then Vice-Chancellor, Sir Niliratan Sircar, placing at the disposal of the University of  Calcutta another princely gift of the sum of rupees eleven lakhs and forty-three thousand, to be utilized exclusively for the purpose of technological instruction and research.

This princely fit was thankfully accepted by the Senate at its meeting held on January 3, 1920. While moving the resolution on the acceptance of the gift, Sir Asutosh Mookerjee said : “Logic and eloquence are equally superficial to justify the acceptance of a truly munificent offer. It would be inappropriate in the highest degree if I, his pupil, were to use language with regard to my revered Master, which might bear the semblance even of patronizing commendation of his great achievement as the foremost benefactor of our University.  To us all, it is a source of infinity joy that by the liberality of Sir Rash Behari Ghosh we are placed in a position to take one decisive step forward towards the accomplishment of what has been our avowed purpose for many years past, viz, the establishment of a University College of Science and Technology.”

Encouraged by this donation of  Sir R. B. Ghosh, Sir N. R. Sircar, the then Vice-Chancellor and Sir Asutosh  Mookerjee, president of the Councils of the Postgraduate  Studies in Arts and Science, resolved to give shape to the idea of Applied Sciences and paved the way of foundation  of the Department of  Applied Physics in 1925. According to the conditions of the gift two new University Professorships or Chairs were established for the Department of Applied Sciences to be started of which one went to the Department of  Applied Physics. Four additional scholarships were established; two such scholarships were to be attached to each of the professors. The Chairs mentioned above, must always be filled by Indians. The Postgraduate Course in Applied Physics, thus initiated in 1925, under the Faculty of Science.

Even though the-Postgraduate-Course in Applied Physics was introduced as early as 1925, a separate Department of Applied Physics with its own Board of Higher Studies was created only in 1930.

It was in 1934 that a generous donation came from the Kanodia Trust of Calcutta for the development of the department. According to the conditions of the gift this donation was utilized for setting up an Electrical Communication Engineering laboratory in the Department of Applied Physics. The Electrical Communication division was however separated out in 1951 to form a new Department of Radio Physics and Electronics.

From 1925 to 1952, two year M. Sc. degree was offered from Applied Physics. In 1953, it was renamed as M.Sc. (Tech.) in Applied Physics with Specialization in – Measurement & Instrumentation and Electrical Machine & Power System. From 1959, Applied Physics started offering three year M. Tech. with same specializations as with M.Sc. (Tech.). Three year Post B. Sc. B. Tech. course in Applied Physics commenced from 1969 in Measurement & Instrumentation and Electrical Machine & Power System. From 1989, Applied Physics started offering three year B. Tech. in – Instrumentation Engineering and Electrical Engineering. Three year Post B. Sc. B. Tech. Tech. in Instrumentation Engineering was set off from 1994 and lastly from 2015 onwards, four year eight semestr B. Tech. in Electrical Engineering has been initiated.

Currently the department also offers 2 year full time M.Tech course in Electrical Engineering with specializations in (a) Smart Grid systems and (b) Advanced Control and Measurement Systems. The department also offers 3-year part time evening course in Electrical Engineering with specializations in Power Sytems.

  • Vision and Mission of the Department : [Download]
  • Vision of the UG program, Electrical Engineering : [Download]
  • Program Educational Objectives (PEO), UG Electrical Engineering : [Download]
  • Program Outcome (PO), UG Electrical Engineering : [Download]

Academic

Faculty members:

Name

Designation

Area of Research

Jitendranath Bera
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Professor Wireless condition monitoring, Power Systems
Sumana Chowdhuri
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Professor and Head Power Electronics, renewable energy
Rajarshi Gupta
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Associate Professor, Section-in-Charge, Electrical Engineering Cardiovascular measurements and Signal processing, intelligent health monitoring
Kaushik Das Sharma
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Associate Professor Computational Intelligence applications in control systems, biomedical image processing
Amitava Biswas
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Associate Professor Control systems
Nirmal Murmu
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Assistant professor Control Systems

Courses

Program Level Eligibility Intake Capacity Course structure
4 Year B. Tech in Electrical Engineering 10+2+4 Based on ranking in WB Joint Entrance Examination (WB JEE) for admission to Engineering courses 20 [Download]
2 Year M. Tech in Electrical Engineering Post Graduate Based on GATE score 20 [Download]
3 Year part time M. Tech in Electrical Engineering Post Graduate Working Professionals 20 [Download]
PhD in Electrical Engineering PhD As per CU Phd Regulation 2016 As per requirement [Download]

Research

Research scholars :

  1. PhD registered in Electrical Engineering: Total 23 [View Details]
  2. PhD awarded from the Department 2005 : Total 25 [View Details]
  3. Focal Research Areas:
    1. Power system stability, restructuring, congestion management, demand side management, power quality, smart metering.
    2. Renewable energy systems and microgrids
    3. Control system identification, adaptive and predictive control, fuzzy control applications, intelligent controller design, vision based mobile and aerial robot design
    4. Biomedical measurements and data compression for healthcare applications, Machine learning applications in biomedical signal and image processing, low power data routing protocol development for wireless health monitoring, Gene expression data analysis.
    5. Visual cryptography for data transmission.
  4. Research Groups:
    1. Applied Power Electronics Research Group [View Details]
    2. Biomedical Devices and Systems Research Group [View Details]
    3. Systems & Control Research Group [View Details]
  5. Research projects:
    1. Projects completed before 2005: Total 08 [View Details]
    2. UGC SAP DRS I (2009-2014): [View Details]
    3. CPRI Ministry of Power (2011-2013): [View Details]
    4. DST Consortium project Development of Smart Grid-Interactive SPV Systems (2016-2019): [View Details]
    5. DST WB Project Wireless Health Monitoring (2016-2019): [View Details]
    6. DST WB Project Smart Home (2018-2021): [View Details]
    7. DST WB Project [collaborative] Cardiovascular waveform simulator (2018-2021): [View Details]
    8. UGC SAP DRS II (2015-2020): [View Details]
  6. Patents and Copyrights: Total 07 [View Details]
  7. Full time Research Scholars: Total 09 [View Details]

Major Activities :
Book chapters/ Books Published by the Faculty members: Total 19 [View Details]

Contact

Dr. Sumana Chowdhuri, Professor & Head
Department of Applied Physics, University of Calcutta
92 APC Road, Kolkata-700009, India
Email: cu05sumana@gmail.com
Phone: +91-33-2350-8386/6397 (E-461) Office of HoD.